September 14th, 2010
11:26 PM ET
4 years ago

HARLEM: Election Night with Rangel

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11:01 p.m.
- It's been a long time since I parachuted in to watch an election night event at the headquarters of a famous politician under a cloud.

But it all came back to me in Harlem where New York Rep. Charlie Rangel was asking voters to send him on to compete for a 21st term in the Congress as a Democrat even though he was facing 13 ethics charges back in Washington.

A handful of big names in the Democratic establishment turned out including Gov. David Patterson and former NY mayor David Dinkins. What ethics charges? They talked about all Rangel has done for New York.

Some declared victory for Rangel before the votes were in. Bold –given the nasty anti-incumbent mood in the country?

Perhaps but Rangel has gotten a lot of help. Bill Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg did robocalls for him. And Rangel raised a lot of money. And he also faced a crowded field all competing each other for "oxygen" against his famous name.

Out on the street I asked a man about Rangel and his "issues". He summed it up by saying the people who founded this country stole it from the Indians. And if Rangel made a few mistakes so what?

Where have I heard that before?


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Rangel • New York • Trail Running
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Shows

    Just goes to show that democrats think it's ok to break the law, they seem to wear it as a badge of honor. The man interviewed on the street is a prime example of this attitude.Everyone thinks someone owes them something for that happened years ago.

    September 15, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    Rangel is as Harlem as collard greens and chicken.
    Somebody thinks he can beat Rangel up there just because of ethics?

    September 15, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  3. barry

    The guy is a crook. If a ordinary American broke laws like this they would be in jail. No Matter the party corrupt politicians should be prosecuted like anybody else. Oh and eliminate their cushy retirement plans give them Social Security like the rest of us and watch Social Security get fixed. Sick and wrong.

    September 15, 2010 07:37 am at 7:37 am |